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2019 Conference - Speakers

Opening Doors featured the following keynote presenters.

Videos of keynote presentations are available here.


Tasia Duske, CEO, Museum Hack, New York, USA

Tasia Duske is CEO of Museum Hack, an Inc. 5000 renegade tour company that is spreading the good word: Museums Are F***ing Awesome! Tasia’s expertise is in scaling scrappy startups to become stable, profitable companies. At Museum Hack, a 100% bootstrapped and fully remote organization, this work includes overseeing revenue growth from $1.2 million in 2015 to $2.7 million in 2018, and a team that has expanded from 30 people to 65. Tasia is from Seattle, has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, and is a fierce advocate for bringing joy, passion, creativity and integrity to your work.







Frith Williams, Head of Experience Design and Content, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Photograph by Nick Clarkson

Frith Williams is Head of Experience Design and Content at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She was Creative Director of Te Papa’s new Te Taiao │ Nature zone, which merges mātauranga (Māori knowledge) and science, is fully bilingual, and inspires action to protect the natural world.

In 2015, Frith was a Fulbright Scholar in the US, exploring developments in digital and bilingual storytelling in museums. She was Head Writer for the multi-award-winning Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, a collaboration with Weta Workshop, and led the interpretation of Bug Lab, now touring internationally.

With a degree in theatre and film, and a background in multimedia education and children’s publishing, Frith loves how immersion, interactivity, and storytelling can combine to take visitors on a voyage of discovery.

Frith lives in Wellington with her daughters and dog, and likes to ride her bike – except in a howling southerly.


Tracy Puklowski, Director of Creative Arts and Cultural Services, City of Launceston

Tracy Puklowski is the Director of Creative Arts and Cultural Services for the City of Launceston. The position spans various functions including the Directorship of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and driving the cultural strategy for the city.

A graduate of the highly competitive Getty Museum Leadership Institute, Tracy has over 20 years' experience in strategic and executive leadership, specialising in the cultural heritage sector.

Tracy was responsible for some of New Zealand’s most significant cultural programmes and projects in her previous positions as Director of the National Army Museum of New Zealand, Associate Director of Living Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Associate Chief Librarian, Research Collections at the National Library of New Zealand.

Tracy is passionate about using values based models to drive transformational change, and achieving positive results for communities through arts, culture and heritage.


Julian Meyrick, Strategic Professor of Creative Arts, Flinders University

Julian is Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University and Artistic Counsel for the State Theatre Company of South Australia. He was Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company 2002-07 and Artistic Director of kickhouse theatre 1989-98. He is the director of many award-winning productions, including Angela’s Kitchen, which attracted the 2012 Helpmann for Best Australian Work. He was Deputy Chair of PlayWriting Australia 2004-09, and a member of the federal government’s Creative Australia Advisory Group 2008-10. His latest book, What Matters? Talking Value in Australian Culture, was published by Monash University Publishing last year.


Deanne Fitzgerald, Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisor, Western Australian Museum and Member of Australian Museums and Galleries Association's Indigenous Roadmap Advisory Group

Deanne Fitzgerald is a Yamatji/Nyoongar woman who has been working in Perth for the last 25 years.

Deanne has a BA Hon in Culture Heritage and has been working in this area in both government and non-government including the mining sector for a number of years.

Deanne is the Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisor at the Western Australian Museum and has been working at the Museum for 5 years.

Deanne's main role is to provide advice to the CEO, Executive and Museum staff regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters, she has developed the Museum’s Reflect and Innovate Reconciliation Action Plans, continues to support the Museum's Aboriginal Advisory Committee and the staff of the WA Museum.

Deanne is a member of the AMaGA Indigenous Roadmap Advisory Group.


Gail Mabo, Artist and Curator & Kellie Williams, Director, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts

Gail Mabo

Gail Mabo has been exhibiting artwork as an artist in her own right for over a decade, and acts as her family's representative for Eddie Koiki Mabo's cultural legacy. Gail is a co-curator on Umbrella Studio’s landmark exhibition, Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, that will be touring Australia for four years. Gail is also a founding member of Murris in Ink (MII), a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island printmakers who live and work in the Townsville region. The group works from Umbrella Studio and has been developing the artists' skills as printmakers since 2008 through a series of masterclasses, workshops and artist residencies.

Kellie Williams

Kellie Williams commenced as Director of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts in 2018. Kellie is a Co-curator on Umbrella Studio’s landmark exhibition, Legacy: Reflections on Mabo that will be touring Australia for four years. Kellie has a Bachelor of Fine Art (visual art) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kellie has strong business management experience, including 18 months contributing to the leadership of a cutting edge regional arts company; three years as CEO of an innovative not-for- profit, almost five years working for state Government, including grants management at Arts Queensland; one year with a state-run art gallery; and five years as a professional artist. Her skills include partnership & business development, event management and financial planning.


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